February 09, 2015

VIT Report: Building Up Again

Finally! After being held at half-maintenance since November of 2013, the allergist has agreed to start building again. They will slowly increase my injections from 0.5 to 1 full cc. After the look I got for carrying around expired Epi-pens, I didn't dare mention that I fully intend on keeping bees. I left the office with a new 'scrip for Auvi-Q injectors, so stay tuned for a review post on Auvi-Q vs. Epi-pen.

January 27, 2015

HoneyLove.org's 4th Annual Honey Tasting Workshop: a blind competition

What's beekeeper to do in Winter? Not much is needed in the beeyard, so I was really excited to receive HoneyLove.org's January newsletter with a honey-tasting call-for-entries. I sent a jar of triple-strained honey from the Top Bar Hive. Some of the honey I chose had too much moisture, and some had already begun to crystallize but I figured the two combined would be perfect. I warmed them just enough to pass most of it through a 200-micron filter, keeping the course stuff out of the finished product. Not disturbing the honey is key to producing an award-winning honey, a patience-testing process in the middle of Winter. The two jars in the picture are the result.

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There were 17 entries into the competition, including one from Top Bar hiver Sam Comfort! Here's how we did.
To see more pictures from the competition and to learn about HoneyLove.org, be sure to visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/honeylove.org

January 19, 2015

Breaking Down the Little Top Bar Hive

Marty had said that the colony died before the first cold snap, so I'd been assuming that mites were the problem. Breaking down the hive, this is what we found.